The Leopards LSEN team came from behind to beat the Free State 53-24 on day two of the LSEN Craven Week at Hoërskool Sentraal in Bloemfontein.
The side from the North West was trailing 13-19 at half time but put in a dominant second-half performance to earn their first win after falling just short against the Golden Lions on Monday.
The Leopards scrumhalf, Lesego Seikaneng, in particular, impressed with a brace of tries, five conversions, and a penalty. He even had a shot on goal from about 60m out on the angle, but the attempt was off target. The eighth-man, Miquel Engelbrecht, also enjoyed a good game with a hat-trick of tries.
The hosts are still without a win after losing 24-15 to the Pumas yesterday. A win against the North West was always going to be a tough ask as they played in the very last match of the day Monday, and opened proceedings on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Griffons suffered their first defeat with a 48-17 loss to Western Province. On Monday the Northern Free Staters impressed by thumping the Sharks 69-17.
The boys will enjoy a day off on Wednesday after two tough days on the field.
Day 1 results:
Valke 38 – 13 Blue Bulls, Griffons 69-17 Sharks, Western Province 34-38 EP Elephants, Golden Lions EE 0-29 Gauteng XV, Boland 29-59 SWD Eagles, Golden Lions 26-24 Leopards, Free State Cheetahs 15-24 Pumas.
Day 2 results:
Free State Cheetahs 24-53 Leopards, Sharks 5-37 Golden Lions EE, Golden Lions 38-12 Pumas, Gauteng XV 17-25 EP Elephants, Boland 14-18 Blue Bulls, Western Province 48-17 Griffons, Valke 17-29 SWD Eagles. – MORGAN PIEK / OFM SPORT